Sunday, April 01, 2007

Hard or easy?

Visiting libraries looks easy (smiles, beers, Mercedes) but remember, it is 105 degrees, so your clothes feel like they have been in the oven. The Mercedes is a 1987 diesel, with no air conditioning. It is the car of choice in West Africa because the Germans (apparently) are giving them away for practically nothing, and once lots of people have the spare parts and mechanic expertise to repair, it is better to buy what everyone else has. The beer is usually warm (did I say it was hot? And these are villages after all). But the smiles are real!

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